FALCONER – Each year the Falconer Public Library features local artists for three consecutive months, and currently on display is the work of Maria Johnson, CVS photo lab supervisor.
Twenty-five of Johnson’s photos are on currently on exhibit at the library and will be available until Saturday, June 8. Johnson will host an introductory digital camera class, which focuses on the basic operation of digital cameras, on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. The class is free and open to the public, but only 15 seats are available. Those interested may register by calling 665-3504.
According to Sue Seamans, library manager, the idea to feature local talent began 25 years ago, and the library has been featuring three artists each year since. The intent behind the program is to bring in local artists because it is good for the library, the community and the artists.
“This is our sixth year rated in the top 100 libraries in the United States – the things you can do by tapping your local talent,” said Seamans. “The Falconer Public Library is in a unique position in that we’re centrally located. Yes we’re a small library, but we became very busy because of having people within walking distance. People will come in to look at a display, and while they’re here will want to know more about the library. So, for us this kind of thing has turned us around.”
Johnson, a 1986 Falconer High School graduate, is a self-taught photographer who has been working at CVS in Falconer as a photo lab supervisor for 13 years. Johnson has displayed her work in the library and hosted the introductory digital photography class on several occasions. According to Johnson, one of the reasons she started displaying her work at the library was because people would come into CVS and ask her a multitude of questions.
Of the 25 images Johnson has on display at the library, several are nature based, some landscape, architecture and travel photography are also included. And, one of Johnson’s favorite types of photography, which utilizes a macro lens for up-close detailed images, is represented. Johnson’s favorite piece on display at the library is entitled “Reflection.” The photo depicts a fawn leaping across water at the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary.
“It was strictly taken by accident,” said Johnson. “I was at the Audubon Society taking pictures of dragon flies and a friend of mine said, ‘Oh there’s a deer over there,’ and just as I clicked the camera the deer jumped.”
Johnson’s display is the culmination of this year’s featured local artists. In March the library featured Teresa Ribaudo and her art pencil drawings and April featured Esther Franze’s framed counted cross-stitch.
The Falconer Public Library is located at 101 W. Main St. in Falconer. For more information call 665-3504 or visit www.cclslib.org/falconer.